The Making Of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerine To Groundbreaking Icon by Tina SuttonThe Making Of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerine To Groundbreaking Icon by Tina Sutton

The Making Of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerine To Groundbreaking Icon

byTina Sutton

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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In pre-World War I England, a frail Jewish girl is diagnosed with flat feet, knock knees, and weak legs. In short order, Lilian Alicia Marks would become a dance prodigy, the cherished baby ballerina of Sergei Diaghilev, and the youngest ever soloist at his famed Ballets Russes. It was there that George Balanchine choreographed his first ballet for her, Henri Matisse designed her costumes, and Igor Stravinsky taught her music—all when the re-christened Alicia Markova was just 14.

Given unprecedented access to Dame Markova’s intimate journals and correspondence, Tina Sutton paints a full picture of the dancer’s astonishing life and times in 1920s Paris and Monte Carlo, 1930s London, and wartime in New York and Hollywood. Ballet lovers and readers everywhere will be fascinated by the story of one of the twentieth century’s great artists.
Tina Sutton is currently a fashion, features and arts writer for The Boston Globe and has been a writer,researcher, and journalist for over thirty years. She also researches and writes material for museum and art catalogs and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Title:The Making Of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerine To Groundbreaking IconFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9 × 6 × 2 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1605985783

ISBN - 13:9781605985787

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Editorial Reviews

... after a childhood plagued by flat feet, knock knees and wobbly legs, a doctor told her mother to try ballet lessons and low and behold she was discovered to be the most amazing dance protegee... she started her professional career at age ten and never stopped.... Considered the greatest ambassador of ballet! — WCVB BostonChock-full of colorful, telling details, fascinating insights, and charming anecdotes that it makes for a thoroughly engaging read. Sutton’s book is a captivating portrait of a remarkable life to savor slowly. — The Boston GlobeThe pas de deux would seem the most unlikely topic to yield a page-turner, but Sutton has done it with her fascinating portrait of Alicia Markova. Sutton’s poignant, playful Markova shatters the stereotype of the pampered aesthete and deftly places her at the center of an era of breathtaking artistic ferment. — Greg Dawson, author of Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of SurvivalThe Making of Markova is both a surprisingly intimate portrait of one of Britain’s and ballet’s truly great souls and a sweeping depiction of the kinetic, star-studded world of international ballet in the first half of the twentieth century. Tina Sutton’s lucid, deft and limber style admirably suits her subject. — Paul Thomas Murphy, author of Shooting Victoria, a New York Times Notable BookSutton’s sense of wonderment lights up every page of this utterly transporting story of discipline, commitment, hardship, and steely self- reliance. Sutton brings Markova and her world to scintillating life in this ravishing biography of perpetual motion, limelight and darkness, courage and creativity. — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW